Black Slip Wasp Male

Black Slip Wasp Male

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DescriptionHurrah.  I've known about ichneumon wasps for a long time, and for a long time never thought to see one in this country.  I've seen one once before, but this was a group.  I stopped by a tree trunk to pour a tea, take a break and see what I could find on the fallen trunk.  In the shadow of the trunk there was a small group of about 5 of these hanging around, flitting to and fro, never stationary for more than a few seconds, but always in the same area.  So I shot quite a few frames, but had to use the flash, and was really struggling on the viewfinder to get the right exposure.  These were all males, but there was one flying above the log, which I think may have been a female, but that one never settled, so not sure.  Really pleased to see these, but they were not the only new species I shot that day, there was a moth that I need to process images of too.  The ichneumons got first attention though.
ArtistRob Daykin
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MakeOLYMPUS CORPORATION
ModelE-M1MarkIII
Lens ModelOLYMPUS M.60mm F2.8 Macro
Focal Length60.0 mm
F Number11.0
Aperture11.0
ISO200
Shutter Speed1/250